OIT Seeks to Expand Office 365 Applications

Office 365 is available for free for students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama. Currently, this includes software applications Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. Beginning spring 2019, OIT will expand upon these applications to include additional applications. Before an application is made available, OIT performs rigorous testing with each application to ensure its functionality and compatibility with other UA systems. Learn more on the OIT software catalog.

Endnote X9 Now Available

Your favorite citation manager just got better! OIT is excited to provide the new EndNote X9 to students, faculty and staff at UA. This new version of EndNote includes enhanced reference-sharing capabilities and new reference types. To see a demonstration of EndNote X9, check out EndNote Training’s YouTube Channel.

EndNote is a citation management software that allows users to create customized libraries of references, and automatically create citations and bibliographies matching the requirements of the selected journal or style manual. Users can install EndNote on any personal or UA machine, and Endnote can also be accessed anywhere by using EndNote Online. To download Endnote X9, visit the OIT Software Catalog –

Please note that effective December 2018 OIT will no longer offer Endnote X7.  Endnote X8 will continue to be available on the OIT software catalog.

MATLAB Now Available

OIT is excited to now offer MATLAB to all students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama. OIT has established a UA System-wide license agreement with MathWorks to provide MATLAB software, tutorials and support.

To download MATLAB, please visit our software webpage, and click the button – MATLAB Portal. Users will be redirected to the MATLAB portal designed for The University of Alabama. Through this portal, users can run the installer, view video tutorials and obtain software support.

Existing MATLAB users will follow the same procedure. Visit the portal, download the software and rerun the installer to obtain the new UA System licensed software. With the UA System license, users will receive the latest version of MATLAB with all the available toolboxes. This is very similar to the procedure MATLAB users follow to obtain new releases of the software.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or

Box Drive Update

This week, Box is pushing out a security update to Box Drive for Windows (version 1.13.84). The update will be rolled out automatically; however, users must accept the Box Drive update for it to be installed. Box has provided instructions on how to accept the Box Drive update –

Previous versions may stop working by June 26, so please accept the update when you receive notification that it is available.  Contact the IT Service Desk with any questions 205-348-5555.


VMware Academic Program

UA now has a subscription to the VMware Academic Program! VMware Academic Program offers students and faculty in STEM programs to access virtualization technology and resources for teaching and research. The software can be downloaded at Use of the software is limited to students and faculty in STEM programs and courses. Lab administrators can request access from the IT Service Desk. Please email to request access.

Microsoft Imagine Web Store Maintenance

The Microsoft Imagine web store will undergo system maintenance Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

New downloads will be unavailable during this time; however, programs that have already been installed will not be affected by this maintenance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or

NVivo Plus Now Available

UA upgraded its agreement with NVivo to now offer NVivo Plus.  NVivo Plus offers all of the functionality of NVivo Pro, but with the addition of powerful social network and research automation tools for deeper understanding of social themes and sentiments. The upgrade is automatically amended, no action is required of the user.

Learn more and get started with NVivo at If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555.